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FAA and GA Community to Launch Weather Safety Campaign

FAA and GA Community to Launch Weather Safety Campaign

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and general aviation groups will launch an eight-month national safety campaign titled, “Got Weather? #GotWx,” to help general aviation (GA) pilots prepare for potential weather challenges they may encounter during the 2014 flying season.  FAA Administrator Michael Huerta and GA leaders will kick-off the Got Weather?… Read more »

Source: FAA, 02-May-14

UK CAA launches new industry safety tools

UK CAA launches new industry safety tools

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has launched a series of template risk models, highlighting a number of specific safety scenarios, which airline and airport operators, air navigation service providers, maintenance organisations, ground service providers and regulators can use as part of their own safety management systems (SMS). The models will allow organisations to assess… Read more »

Source: CAA, 01-May-14

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Inadvertent-IMC: Being Somewhere Other Than on Cloud 9

Inadvertent-IMC: Being Somewhere Other Than on Cloud 9

The helicopter pilot was on his final instrument approach for completing the requirements in the Instrument Rating Practical Test Standards and weather conditions were perfect.  At Decision Height, the examiner called out “runway in sight.”  The aircraft was slightly right of course and less than a dot above glideslope.  Not perfect, but well within the… Read more »

Source: IHST, 30-Apr-14

UNM Hospital releases video of PHI Air Medical AS350 accident

UNM Hospital releases video of PHI Air Medical AS350 accident

The University of New Mexico Hospital Board of Trustees on Friday recognized staffers and emergency response personnel, including two UNMH security officers who rushed to the aid of a medical crew shortly after their helicopter crashed on the hospital’s roof earlier this month.  [See HeliHub.com page for this accident] Surveillance video released by UNMH shows the… Read more »

Source: UNM Hospital, 27-Apr-14

NBAA’s Free Webinar Will Help Operators Manage Weather Risk

NBAA’s Free Webinar Will Help Operators Manage Weather Risk

New weather forecasting technologies and probabilistic weather information, which can help operators determine the risk of flying into thousands of airports worldwide, will be the topic of an upcoming free NBAA webinar. “Managing Weather Risk” takes place at 1 p.m. (EDT), on April 29, and NBAA Members can register for the session right up until… Read more »

Source: NBAA, 27-Apr-14

HAI to help host Myanmar Helicopter Safety Seminar

HAI Director of Safety Outreach Stan Rose and an international cast of rotor-wing professionals will host the first-ever helicopter safety seminar in Yangon, Myanmar, April 28. The seminar will bring together helicopter professionals, customers, executives, and key stakeholders from across Myanmar and Southeast Asia to discuss safety standards and best practices. Read more about the… Read more »

25-Apr-14

Vector Aerospace UK strengthens its approach to safety management

Vector Aerospace UK strengthens its approach to safety management

Vector Aerospace UK (Vector – www.vectoraerospace.com/), a leading provider of aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services has selected Atkins Global as a collaborative partner in producing a Safety Management System (SMS) which will enhance the support of its operating processes. “We are looking to optimise and widen our current practices to ensure that we have… Read more »

Source: Vector, 24-Apr-14

EASA certifies EC225 gear shaft redesign

EASA certifies EC225 gear shaft redesign

The redesigned vertical bevel gear shaft for Airbus Helicopters’ EC225 has been certified, enabling its production and installation on all rotorcraft of this type in operation globally, as well as those being produced. Certification was granted by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and is to be followed by validation from other international airworthiness authorities…. Read more »

Source: Airbus, 23-Apr-14

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USHST Calls for More Helicopter Safety Vigilance

USHST Calls for More Helicopter Safety Vigilance

The United States Helicopter Safety Team (www.USHST.org), has gathered U.S. civil helicopter accident data for the 10-year period of 2004 to 2013 in order to determine year-to-year and month-to-month trends. As expected, when warmer weather arrives during the spring and summer months, helicopter operations and missions increase and the number of accidents rise.  For the… Read more »

Source: USHST, 23-Apr-14

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FAA Extends Deadline for Final Helicopter Safety Rule

FAA Extends Deadline for Final Helicopter Safety Rule

In response to industry feedback and so that the FAA can develop detailed guidance materials, the FAA is extending the compliance deadline for the helicopter safety rule by one year to April 22, 2015. This will provide the industry with necessary FAA materials and adequate time to adapt their manuals and provide training to pilots…. Read more »

Source: FAA, 22-Apr-14

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FAA cancels 2014 SMS focus group safety meeting

FAA cancels 2014 SMS focus group safety meeting

As many of you are aware, the 2014 Safety Management System Focus Group meeting planned for Dallas/Fort Worth, TX April 29, 30 and May 1, 2014 has been canceled. We want to thank all the industry and FAA personnel who demonstrated interest and volunteered to participate in the event. We are planning a 2015 SMS… Read more »

Source: FAA, 21-Apr-14

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Cobham to unveil Innovative New Safety System at OTC 2014

Cobham to unveil Innovative New Safety System at OTC 2014

Cobham Life Support will be introducing its new maritime safety system, Survivor+ at OTC 2014, May 5-8 in Houston, Texas. The Survivor+ Personal Overboard Survival System, a new class of ‘wearable’ PFD (Personal Flotation Device), uniquely incorporates both a SOLAS approved inflatable life jacket and a personal life raft into a single system worn as… Read more »

Source: Cobham, 21-Apr-14

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Flight Safety Foundation announces new President/CEO

Flight Safety Foundation announces new President/CEO

The Flight Safety Foundation announced today that Jon Beatty, former President and CEO of International Aero Engines, has been named as its new President and CEO. Mr. Beatty comes to the Foundation after a distinguished career as an aviation executive. Along with his recent experience with International Aero Engines, he spent time in several executive… Read more »

Source: FSF, 15-Apr-14

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Los Angeles judge denies motion for R66 trial to be held in Colombia

Los Angeles judge denies motion for R66 trial to be held in Colombia

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has denied a forum non conveniens motion filed by Robinson Helicopter Company, Rolls-Royce and Honeywell to have a fatal helicopter crash case (the very first R66 crash) removed from her courtroom in Los Angeles to be litigated in Colombia, where the crash occurred. In her March 28 ruling, the Honorable Michelle R…. Read more »

Source: Baum Hedlund, 11-Apr-14

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Oil & Gas UK concerned by CAA offshore safety review

Oil & Gas UK concerned by CAA offshore safety review

Commenting, Oil & Gas UK’s health and safety director Robert Paterson said: “Oil & Gas UK is working with our members to assess the impact on safety of the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) Review. “Like the CAA, our primary focus is to create and maintain a safe environment for our industry to operate in.  If… Read more »

Source: Oil & Gas UK, 10-Apr-14

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FAA gives top rating to aviation safety standards in Philippines

FAA gives top rating to aviation safety standards in Philippines

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced that the Republic of the Philippines complies with international safety standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and has been granted a Category 1 rating. The country previously held a Category 1 rating until January 2008, when it was downgraded to a… Read more »

Source: FAA, 10-Apr-14

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UK AAIB Bulletin – April 2014

UK AAIB Bulletin – April 2014

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Eurocopter EC135 T2+, G-SPAO, Glasgow City Centre, 29 November 2013 – investigation update Agusta A109S (G-IOOZ), tail rotor strike on landing, at a private site near Withypool, Somerset, 8 December 2013

Source: AAIB, 09-Apr-14

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North Carolina Helicopter Safety Summit – This Thursday

North Carolina Helicopter Safety Summit – This Thursday

The goal of any safety program is to identify the hazards and manage the risks. Accidents are caused by normal people performing normal tasks that usually deviate from a normal system’s environment. At the FREE, North Carolina Helicopter Safety Summit on Thurs., April 10, identify the hazards of inadequate helicopter maintenance, human factors related to… Read more »

Source: HAI, 09-Apr-14

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USHST Releases New Helicopter Accident Analysis

USHST Releases New Helicopter Accident Analysis

The United States Helicopter Safety Team (www.USHST.org), has completed a comprehensive follow-up report to its initial helicopter accident analysis released in 2011. This new report analyzes U.S. civil helicopter accidents that occurred in 2009, 2010, and 2011 and compares them to the previous analysis that looked at accidents that occurred in 2000, 2001, and 2006…. Read more »

Source: USHST, 07-Apr-14

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UK CAA launches review of its medical services

UK CAA launches review of its medical services

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has announced a review of the medical services it provides. The study will look at all aspects of the work of the CAA’s Medical Department to ensure UK pilots and air traffic controllers are receiving the most suitable and efficient service possible. The review will seek the opinions of key stakeholder… Read more »

Source: CAA, 07-Apr-14

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HAI: Turning Safety Theory into Practice

HAI: Turning Safety Theory into Practice

The 10th annual CHC Safety and Quality Summit was held in Vancouver, BC, Canada, from March 31-April 2. HAI’s Director of Safety J. Heffernan and Director of Safety Outreach Stan Rose represented HAI, among 750 other safety professionals from around the globe. This year, the theme of the summit was Safety & Quality in the… Read more »

Source: HAI, 06-Apr-14

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Cockpit distractions and how to deal with them

Cockpit distractions and how to deal with them

A FAASTeam Seminar on Cockpit Distractions and how to deal with them is taking place on Monday, April 7, 2014, at the Capitol City Civil Air Patrol, Louisiana Wing, 9163 Blanche Noyes Avenue, Baton Rouge, LA 70811. Title: REMINDER-Cockpit Distractions Topic: Cockpit Distractions and how to deal with them. Date and Time: Monday, April 7, 2014 , starting at 6:00… Read more »

Source: Guidance Aviation, 06-Apr-14

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New Middle East helicopter safety event

New Middle East helicopter safety event

The Offshore / Onshore Aviation (OOA) Conference and Exhibition has been organised on behalf of the MENA HST – MENA Helicopter Safety Team, aimed at meeting the challenges for safer offshore and onshore aviation operations in the Middle East & North Africa When it comes to aviation operations, the very best in safety and expertise are… Read more »

Source: Tangent Link, 02-Apr-14

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IHST – Step-by-Step Solutions Are Available to Improve Helicopter Safety Attitudes

IHST – Step-by-Step Solutions Are Available to Improve Helicopter Safety Attitudes

Helicopter industry and government leaders knew something had to be done to reduce the alarming number of helicopter accidents worldwide. So, those leading the charge to reduce accident rates called for a “culture of safety” that encouraged training, outreach, research, analysis, and an environment where people could report safety violations without fear of repercussions.  There… Read more »

Source: IHST, 01-Apr-14

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Workers endangered by media helicopter

Workers endangered by media helicopter

Press report suggests the helicopter was flying so low that the workers on the ground were affected by the rotor wash which dislodged loose rocks from the cliff face.  See full story

Source: Scoop, 31-Mar-14

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11 Seattle helipads scrutinized in wake of news helicopter crash

11 Seattle helipads scrutinized in wake of news helicopter crash

After the accident, which killed two, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray said the city should review its permits and procedures to make sure the helicopters are operating safely.  See full story

30-Mar-14

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IHST – Star Wars, Yoda, and Helicopter Safety

IHST – Star Wars, Yoda, and Helicopter Safety

In the epic movie, The Empire Strikes Back, Luke Skywalker is standing motionless on the edge of a swamp as his X-wing fighter sinks even deeper into the muck.  Yoda, the Jedi Grand Master, encourages Luke to use “the force” to lift the aircraft out of the swamp, but Luke remains non-responsive.  To his mentor,… Read more »

Source: IHST, 25-Mar-14

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EASA to enforce R44 bladder tanks with AD now issued

EASA to enforce R44 bladder tanks with AD now issued

The United States National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigated a number of R44 helicopter accidents in which the fuel tanks were breached, resulting in leaking fuel and a post-crash fire. While analysis showed that these events should all have been survivable with minor or no injuries to the occupants, they resulted in fatalities and serious… Read more »

Source: EASA, 21-Mar-14

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2014 is Pivotal Year for Helicopter Safety, says IHST

2014 is Pivotal Year for Helicopter Safety, says IHST

Fourteen years of accident data reveal that total U.S. civil helicopter accidents have decreased about 25 percent since the International Helicopter Safety Team (www.IHST,org) was established in 2006.  From 2000 to 2005, an average of 186 to 190 helicopter accidents occurred each year in the United States.  That annual average decreased to 170 during 2006-2007,… Read more »

Source: IHST, 21-Mar-14

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City of Seattle outlines their rules for helipads

City of Seattle outlines their rules for helipads

At 7:51 a.m. this morning, Seattle Firefighters responded to a helicopter crash near the Space Needle. When firefighters arrived at Broad Street and 4th Avenue they found a helicopter that had crashed into the ground causing three car fires. Medics transported a male driver to Harborview Medical Center with severe burns and discovered two deceased patients inside the helicopter… Read more »

Source: City of Seattle, 19-Mar-14

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Sinclair, KOMO express deepest sympathies to Seattle helicopter crash victims

Sinclair, KOMO express deepest sympathies to Seattle helicopter crash victims

Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: SBGI) and its Seattle television station, KOMO (ABC), expressed its deepest condolences for the victims and family members of the news helicopter that crashed inSeattle, WA this morning.  The helicopter, owned by Helicopter, Inc., is leased jointly by Sinclair’s television station, KOMO, and Gannett’s television station, KING. “We are deeply saddened by this tragedy,”… Read more »

Source: Sinclair Broadcast, 19-Mar-14

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Gannett, KING express deepest sympathies to Seattle helicopter crash victims

Gannett, KING express deepest sympathies to Seattle helicopter crash victims

Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI) and its Seattle station, KING, are deeply saddened by today’s helicopter accident in Seattle, WA. “Words cannot express the sympathy and sadness we feel for the victims who lost their lives in today’s tragedy and for their families,” said Ray Heacox, president and general manager, KING. “We grieve this afternoon with the entire Seattle community… Read more »

Source: Gannett Co, 19-Mar-14

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News helicopter crashes into Seattle street

News helicopter crashes into Seattle street

This news item is part of the accident data provided by HeliHub.com on this site.  Information provided in this update may potentially be incomplete or inaccurate as we frequently post these stories only a very short time after the accident has occurred.  Users of HeliHub.com are advised to carry out their own checks and searches,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 19-Mar-14

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It’s been a great ride – blog from Debbie Hersman

It’s been a great ride – blog from Debbie Hersman

I arrived in the nation’s capital over two decades ago as a college intern believing that government can do important work on behalf of the citizens of this great country.  After nearly 10 years at the National Transportation Safety Board, I will depart Washington with the knowledge that the traveling public is the beneficiary of… Read more »

Source: NTSB, 19-Mar-14

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HAI Congratulates NTSB Chairman Hersman on New Job

HAI Congratulates NTSB Chairman Hersman on New Job

National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Deborah A.P. Hersman announced recently that she will leave the board at the end of April to become the next president and CEO of the National Safety Council. HAI President Matt Zuccaro noted: “Deborah Hersman has been a dedicated and effective leader for the improvement of safety in all modes… Read more »

Source: HAI, 19-Mar-14

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Statement Regarding Chairman Hersman’s Departure from NTSB

Statement Regarding Chairman Hersman’s Departure from NTSB

“On behalf of my fellow Board members and the men and women of the NTSB, I want to offer my congratulations to Chairman Hersman on her new position as President and CEO at the National Safety Council. I have had the privilege of working with Debbie at the NTSB for nearly five years and know… Read more »

Source: NTSB, 19-Mar-14

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Oil & Gas UK’s response to FAI conclusion

Oil & Gas UK’s response to FAI conclusion

Robert Paterson, Oil & Gas UK health, safety and employment issues director, said: “Today’s Fatal Accident Inquiry (FAI) conclusion into the 2009 helicopter crash provides us with a powerful reminder of the paramount importance of following procedures, and the need for effective communication. Since the publication of the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) report in… Read more »

Source: Oil & Gas UK, 13-Mar-14

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Bond Offshore Helicopters’ Response to AS332L2 Determination

Bond Offshore Helicopters’ Response to AS332L2 Determination

Bond Offshore hopes that Sheriff Principal Derek Pyle’s determination today (March 13th) brings a degree of closure to the families, friends and dependents of those who died in the tragedy of 2009. We at Bond also lost friends and colleagues that day. Although Sheriff Principal Pyle has indicated that spalling was, on balance, the most… Read more »

Source: Bond Offshore Helicopters, 13-Mar-14

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Fatal Accident Inquiry determination published on Bond AS332L2 fatal accident

Fatal Accident Inquiry determination published on Bond AS332L2 fatal accident

Summary of FAI Determination into the deaths of 16 people following the helicopter crash on 1 April 2009. On Wednesday 1 April 2009, a Super Puma helicopter, owned by Bond Offshore Helicopters Limited, was flying over the North Sea, en route from the Miller Oil Platform to Aberdeen, when it plunged into the sea killing… Read more »

Source: Judiciary of Scotland, 13-Mar-14

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UK AAIB Bulletin – March 2014

UK AAIB Bulletin – March 2014

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue covers the accident(s) of:- Special Bulletin S1/2014 – AS332 L2 Super Puma (G-WNSB), approximately 1.5 nm west of Sumburgh Airport, Shetland Islands, 23 August 2013 – investigation update Eurocopter AS350B3e Squirrel (G-ECUK), loss of control following hydraulic failure, Private helicopter… Read more »

Source: AAIB, 13-Mar-14

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Embry-RIddle opens registration for online Human Factors course

Embry-RIddle opens registration for online Human Factors course

The mental and physical factors that contribute to aviation accidents will be examined during a free, massive open online course (MOOC) offered by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Worldwide. Registration for The Human Factor in Aviation is open to the public. The class, which runs from April 7 to May 11, is limited to 2,000 students. “We… Read more »

Source: Embry-RIddle, 11-Mar-14

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California man gets 14 years for pointing laser at police helicopter

California man gets 14 years for pointing laser at police helicopter

Sergio Patrick Rodriguez, 26, of Clovis, was accused of pointing a green laser 13 times more powerful than common pointers at a Fresno Police Department helicopter in 2012  See full story

Source: The Republic, 11-Mar-14

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Compensation unresolved over S76C+ crash into Korean apartment block

Compensation unresolved over S76C+ crash into Korean apartment block

Residents of a Hyundai I-Park apartment complex in southern Seoul which a helicopter owned by LG Electronics crashed into last year have still not received financial compensation from the company, according to a tenants’ group  See full story

Source: Korean Times, 10-Mar-14

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FAA announces Azerbaijan Aviation Safety Rating

FAA announces Azerbaijan Aviation Safety Rating

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced that the Republic of Azerbaijan complies with international safety standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and has been granted a Category 1 rating. The Category 1 rating is based on an October 2013 FAA review of State Civil Aviation Authority of… Read more »

Source: FAA, 09-Mar-14

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Bird Strikes Problematic for Military Helicopters, Study Finds

Bird Strikes Problematic for Military Helicopters, Study Finds

Birds posing the biggest threat to helicopters operated by the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force, a new study finds.  See full story

Source: Live Science, 06-Mar-14

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ARGUS Releases 2013 SMS Audit Results Report

ARGUS Releases 2013 SMS Audit Results Report

ARGUS International, Inc. (ARGUS) is pleased to announce the release of the 2013 SMS Audit Results report. The objective of the report is to highlight those recurring deficiencies found in SMS implementation and execution. A view into the industry wide aperture helps aviation operators focus their efforts on common deficiency areas cited by auditors, and… Read more »

Source: Argus, 05-Mar-14

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Maersk Training announces two new offshore helideck emergency courses

Maersk Training announces two new offshore helideck emergency courses

Maersk Training announced today the launch of two new offshore emergency courses, the OPITO Helideck Emergency Response Team Member Training and the OPITO 6 Day Combined Helideck and Team Member Training. These two OPITO Accredited courses will kick start this month at the company’s training centre in the North-east of Scotland and be delivered using… Read more »

Source: Maersk Training, 05-Mar-14

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Metro Aviation dedicated to safety through helicopter simulators

Metro Aviation dedicated to safety through helicopter simulators

For Metro Aviation, it came as no surprise when the National Transportation Safety Board released its latest safety alert, Safety through Helicopter Simulators.  Since 2008, Metro Aviation has used helicopter simulators to ensure their pilots are trained and ready for a variety of in-flight situations.  Metro President Mike Stanberry confirmed his commitment to safety when he opened the… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 05-Mar-14

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HAI Works to Prevent Unnecessary Sleep Apnea Regulations

HAI Works to Prevent Unnecessary Sleep Apnea Regulations

HAI continues to work with the greater aviation community to prevent FAA implementation of onerous and unnecessary sleep apnea regulations for pilots without a proper rulemaking process. The associations have jointly sent a letter to all 100 members of the U.S. Senate urging support for timely passage of Senate Bill 1941 (S.1941), advocating that stakeholders to the… Read more »

Source: HAI, 05-Mar-14

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AgustaWestland Introduces Its Obstacle Proximity LiDAR System for Enhanced Safety

AgustaWestland Introduces Its Obstacle Proximity LiDAR System for Enhanced Safety

AgustaWestland, a Finmeccanica company, is pleased to announce the certification of its Obstacle Proximity LiDAR System (OPLSTM) which will help enhance safety during hovering flight whilst conducting SAR and emergency medical service (EMS) missions. Hovering flight during these type of  missions has been identified as one of the most dangerous flight conditions as a result… Read more »

Source: AgustaWestland, 26-Feb-14

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HAI Launches Major Safety Initiative: Land & LIVE

HAI Launches Major Safety Initiative: Land & LIVE

On Monday, February 24, 2014, the Helicopter Association International (HAI), the world’s leading advocate for the rotorcraft industry, launched an ambitious long-term campaign to improve the industry’s safety record by simply reminding pilots to take advantage of their aircraft’s unique capabilities, which allow them to land almost anywhere as part of their normal daily activities:… Read more »

Source: HAI, 25-Feb-14

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Metro Aviation Takes Safety to the Next Level

Metro Aviation Takes Safety to the Next Level

Metro Aviation recently achieved Level IV of the FAA’s Safety Management System (SMS) Pilot Project.   Level IV is the highest level of the program, and Metro Aviation is one of only three organizations in the United States operating under 14 CFR 135 rules to achieve this milestone.  The Program provides a four level system to… Read more »

Source: Metro Aviation, 22-Feb-14

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Step Change in Safety’s response to UK CAA’s Safety Review

Step Change in Safety’s response to UK CAA’s Safety Review

tep Change in Safety broadly welcomes today’s publication of the Civil Aviation Authority’s (CAA) safety review and recognises that the report highlights a number of important actions and recommendations for the industry. Our focus has been and always will be making the UK Continental Shelf (UKCS) the safest place to work in the worldwide oil… Read more »

Source: Step Change in Safety, 22-Feb-14

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NTSB to Highlight Lessons Learned from Helicopter Accident Investigations at Heli-Expo

NTSB to Highlight Lessons Learned from Helicopter Accident Investigations at Heli-Expo

Senior investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board will hold a training session about the lessons that have been learned from several recent helicopter accident investigations at the 2014 Helicopter Association International’s Heli-Expo in Anaheim, Calif., next week. Investigators will present case studies that emphasize NTSB safety recommendations related to helicopter maintenance, flight simulators, and… Read more »

Source: NTSB, 22-Feb-14

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HAI Safety Committee Update at HAI HELI-EXPO 2014

HAI Safety Committee Update at HAI HELI-EXPO 2014

HAI is dedicated to improving safety in rotary-wing aviation, and HAI HELI-EXPO 2014 is the place to learn the latest practices and techniques designed to make your operations safer. Among the many safety opportunities on offer at Expo, be sure to check out these two: Safety Committee Town Hall Tuesday, Feb. 25: 9:30 am – 11:30 am •… Read more »

Source: HAI, 21-Feb-14

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FAA issues the most significant improvements to helicopter safety in decades

FAA issues the most significant improvements to helicopter safety in decades

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today issued a final rule that requires helicopter operators, including air ambulances, to have stricter flight rules and procedures, improved communications, training, and additional on-board safety equipment. The rule represents the most significant improvements to helicopter safety in decades and responds to government’s and industry’s concern… Read more »

Source: FAA, 20-Feb-14

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Bristow Helicopters responds to CAA statement

Bristow Helicopters responds to CAA statement

Bristow Helicopters Ltd welcomes today’s report issued by the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) on Offshore Helicopter Safety. Bristow is renowned for its Target Zero safety philosophy and we always support initiatives which enhance the safety of offshore oil and gas operations. In the meantime we are closely examining the recommendations made by the CAA… Read more »

Source: Bristow Helicopters, 20-Feb-14

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UK CAA announces safety improvements for offshore helicopter operations

UK CAA announces safety improvements for offshore helicopter operations

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) today announced a series of measures to increase the safety of offshore helicopter flights. The changes are the result of a comprehensive review of offshore helicopter operations undertaken in conjunction with the Norwegian CAA and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and advised by a panel of independent experts…. Read more »

Source: CAA, 20-Feb-14

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USHST Launches Mobile App Aimed at Helicopter Accident Prevention

USHST Launches Mobile App Aimed at Helicopter Accident Prevention

The United States Helicopter Safety Team (USHST), has developed a free mobile app for iPads, iPhones, and Android phones that will provide helicopter pilots and operators with expert safety information at their fingertips at any time.  The app, which will be available for download at Heli-Expo 2014, is the USHST’s first step in its “I Fly… Read more »

Source: USHST, 16-Feb-14

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Bond responds to AAIB Special Bulletin on Glasgow EC135 crash

Bond responds to AAIB Special Bulletin on Glasgow EC135 crash

The Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has issued its latest Special Bulletin detailing information as part of its ongoing investigation into the accident at the Clutha Vaults, Glasgow on 29 November 2013. The Special Bulletin provides more factual information and an update on the progress of the investigation. The report can be found here: http://www.aaib.gov.uk/publications/special_bulletins/s2_2014___eurocopter_ec135_t2___g_spao.cfm… Read more »

Source: Bond Air Services, 16-Feb-14

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Fuel starvation key to Glasgow EC135 investigation, says AAIB

Fuel starvation key to Glasgow EC135 investigation, says AAIB

AAIB have released a new report on the fatal Eurocopter EC135T2+ accident on 29th November 2013 in Glasgow UK.  The summary ends with “In particular, the investigation will seek to determine why a situation arose that led to both the helicopter’s engines flaming out when 76 kg of fuel remained in the fuel tank group,… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 14-Feb-14

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IHST releases three new Helicopter Safety Bulletins for 2014

IHST releases three new Helicopter Safety Bulletins for 2014

The International Helicopter Safety Team (www.IHST.org), in cooperation with safety experts from throughout the civil helicopter industry, has released three more safety bulletins aimed at enhancing helicopter operations and reducing accidents.   The safety bulletins offer important information for helicopter pilots while they are flying and for pilots, operators, and instructors as they prepare for… Read more »

Source: IHST, 14-Feb-14

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How to Take the Rotor Safety Challenge at Heli-Expo 2014

How to Take the Rotor Safety Challenge at Heli-Expo 2014

Attend at least six FREE Rotor Safety Challenge events at HAI HELI-EXPO 2014 and receive a certificate of recognition. Here’s how: Select events from the HAI Rotor Safety Challenge Schedule. Attend selected events. No separate registration is necessary, so get there early! Collect a token from the room monitor or presenter. Present six tokens at the… Read more »

Source: HAI, 14-Feb-14

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UK AAIB Bulletin – February 2014

UK AAIB Bulletin – February 2014

The monthly bulletin from the Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been released. This month’s issue does not refer to any helicopters and this update is included in HeliHub.com for completeness

Source: AAIB, 13-Feb-14

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USHST developing iFlySafe mobile app

USHST developing iFlySafe mobile app

The United States Helicopter Safety Team (USHST) has developed a mobile app called iFlySafe aimed at improving safety education and reducing accidents.  They’ve released the logo, but not the app yet.  Whether they intended to release it by now and it’s been held up – or they are just playing a PR game – is… Read more »

Source: HeliHub.com, 11-Feb-14

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USS Halyburton MH-60R assists in rescue of crashed Panamanian Bell 412EP

USS Halyburton MH-60R assists in rescue of crashed Panamanian Bell 412EP

A Panamanian helicopter crashed killing one and injuring eight while working together with USS Halyburton (FFG 40) conducting operations in support of Operation Martillo in the 4th Fleet area of operations, Feb. 6. Editor note – Bell 412 accident details at 06-Feb-14 AN-137 Bell 412EP Mansukum, Panama (1F) The names of the victims will not be… Read more »

Source: US Navy, 07-Feb-14

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IHST Releases Schedule for Worldwide Helicopter Safety Symposium

IHST Releases Schedule for Worldwide Helicopter Safety Symposium

The International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) has released the full program for its seventh worldwide helicopter symposium for safety professionals. The event takes place on Feb. 27-28 at the Anaheim Convention Center immediately following the close of Heli-Expo 2014. The theme of the symposium is “Self-Discipline and Personal Responsibility” and it is open to all… Read more »

Source: IHST, 07-Feb-14

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IHST Sees Gradual Downward Trend in Worldwide Helicopter Accidents

IHST Sees Gradual Downward Trend in Worldwide Helicopter Accidents

The International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) has gathered civil helicopter accident information from worldwide sources and is seeing a hopeful trend of improved safety. The IHST, which promotes safety and works to reduce accidents, was formed in 2005 to lead a government and industry cooperative effort to address factors that were affecting an unacceptable helicopter… Read more »

Source: IHST, 06-Feb-14

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Loss of tail rotor effectiveness led to 2013 Alberta helicopter crash

Loss of tail rotor effectiveness led to 2013 Alberta helicopter crash

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) today released its investigation report (A13W0070) into a collision with terrain of a Bell 206B helicopter near Fort McMurray, Alberta. On 29 May 2013, the Bell 206B helicopter operated by Wood Buffalo Helicopters was conducting wildlife survey work approximately 75 nautical miles north of Fort McMurray, Alberta, with one pilot and two passengers… Read more »

Source: TSB, 06-Feb-14

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Aviation Students: Grants Available to Attend 2014 CHC Safety & Quality Summit

Aviation Students: Grants Available to Attend 2014 CHC Safety & Quality Summit

Aviation students can now apply for the opportunity to attend the 10th-annual CHC Safety & Quality Summit, through grants which honour a long-time advocate of excellence in aviation safety training. The Dr. Peter Gardiner student grant, worth more than $4,000, covers admission to the summit, a choice of one of the pre-event courses, as well… Read more »

Source: CHC, 05-Feb-14

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Streamlined IS-BAO Certification under consideration

Streamlined IS-BAO Certification under consideration

For many business aviation operations, the prospect of applying for registration in the International Standard for Business Aviation Operations (IS-BAO) program is an intimidating prospect. So, to counter that perception, the International Business Aviation Council (BAC) is considering streamlining the IS-BAO standard to make it more accessible to smaller flight departments, particularly for “single-plane, single-pilot”… Read more »

Source: NBAA, 04-Feb-14

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IHST Safety Experts Will Offer 11 Workshops and Seminars at Heli-Expo

IHST Safety Experts Will Offer 11 Workshops and Seminars at Heli-Expo

Members of the International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) will be providing their safety advice in Anaheim next month at 11 different workshops and seminars for HELI-EXPO participants. The IHST promotes safety and works to reduce accidents.  The organization was formed in 2005 to lead a government and industry cooperative effort to address factors that were… Read more »

Source: IHST, 03-Feb-14

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FAA downgrades India safety rating

FAA downgrades India safety rating

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced that India has been assigned a Category 2 rating under its International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) program, based on a recent reassessment of the country’s civil aviation authority.  This signifies that India’s civil aviation safety oversight regime does not currently comply with the international safety… Read more »

Source: FAA, 02-Feb-14

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Clutha lawyers call for UK public enquiry into helicopter safety

Clutha lawyers call for UK public enquiry into helicopter safety

Specialist aviation lawyers representing a growing number of victims of the Clutha tragedy in Glasgow have written to Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin, urging him to launch a public inquiry into commercial helicopter safety in the UK and review the laws that exempt helicopters from having to carry crucial black box equipment. In… Read more »

Source: Irwin Mitchell, 30-Jan-14

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Baldwin Safety & Compliance to help AMGH harmonize SMS program across group

Baldwin Safety & Compliance to help AMGH harmonize SMS program across group

Air Medical Group Holdings (AMGH), a leader in providing air medical services throughout the United States, has engaged Baldwin Safety & Compliance as its safety management system (SMS) provider for all AMGH subsidiaries. Texas based AMGH, the world’s largest privately held air medical services provider operates through five subsidiaries: Med-Trans Corp, Air Evac Lifeteam, EagleMed,… Read more »

Source: AMGH, 29-Jan-14

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